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New York 2009

New York 2009

Trip Plan Tags: 
East Village,
Financial District,
Midtown East,
New York,
New York City,
North America,
United States,
West Village

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Buddakan, New York

75 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea
New York City, New York 10011
Tel: 212 989 6699

New York's Buddakan outpost—offshoot of the Philadelphia original—is the biggest, splashiest, most visually stunning of the big-box restaurants that have invaded the theme park–ish Meatpacking District. It is also among the most accessible with its intended-for-sharing pan-Asian fare and inviting lounge with less pricey bar menu. This gorgeous $13 million maze of a restaurant—the work of French design star Christian Liaigre—features an enclosed soaring centerpiece courtyard with baroque chandeliers and a communal table fit for Louis XIV. Request a seat downstairs in the library, lined in faux-golden books like Goldfinger's lair, then order up a feast of delicious lobster-stuffed egg roll cigars, chicken-filled General Tso's soup dumplings, and chile-glazed tempura rock shrimp.—Jay Cheshes

Open Sundays and Mondays 5:30 to 11 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5:30 pm to midnight, and Thursdays through Saturdays 5:30 pm to 1 am. Bar and lounge open Sundays through Tuesdays until 2 am, Wednesdays through Saturdays until 3 am.


Marc Jacobs


In spite of calling Paris home these days, Marc Jacobs will always belong to New York, the city where his multifarious design talents reached their nexus. It's possible, given a few hours to spare, to experience the entirety of Jacobs's creative genius, from the refined, avant-garde lines of his ready-to-wear collection on Soho's Mercer Street, to the quirky-cute accessories stores in the West Village. Bleecker Street lays claim to four of the most sought-after shopfronts in the empire, including his diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, which has a devoted cult following. Window displays change with the seasons (and the whims of the design team). Expect anything from a sexed-up Santa posing with shoppers for Christmas portraits (Polaroids which are then plastered all over the windows) to beds of tulips heralding spring. While young women comprise Marc's most ardent fan base, he doesn't neglect the rest of the family: The West Village empire extends to a children's line, Little Marc, and a men's ready-to-wear store. To get the best perspective on just how beloved Mr. Jacobs's vision is in this town, drop by the accessories store, where his coveted handbags and shoes inspire mob scenes every weekend.


Zum Schneider, New York

107 Avenue C
New York City, New York 10009
Tel: 212 598 1098

This traditional, unpretentious biergarten, located on Avenue C in the East Village, fits comfortably between the neighborhood's grungy past and increasingly sanitized future. The decor may have touches of Bavarian quirk, but the space is always clean and the service snappy. On the weekends, the beer hall is mobbed with locals throwing back the 13 German beers on tap, many of which are served in jumbo-size steins (pace yourself), or 9 bottled beers, while snacking on traditional fare like Wiener schnitzel and spätzle. A date spot this is not: Groups of boisterous (read: loud) beer lovers convene here en masse at the bar's communal, long tables.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 5 pm to 2 am, Fridays 4 pm to 4 am, Saturdays and Sundays 1 pm to 2 am.



Salon de Ning, New York

Peninsula Hotel, 700 5th Avenue
New York City, New York 10019
Tel: 212 903 3097

Named for fictional 1930s Shanghai jet-setress Madame Ning, the lounge atop the Peninsula Hotel is inspired by a time when the Chinese city was known as "the Paris of the East." In addition to two outdoor lounges and an inside bar with Chinese screens, black marble seating, and glowing lanterns, Salon de Ning's biggest draw is the panoramic, very dramatic view of the city. But like every view in this town, you'll have to pay for it: The delicious cocktails (try the Ning Sling made with Absolut Mandarin, Soho Lychee, fresh mint leaves, lychee and passion fruit juices ) will cost you upward of $20 (not including tip). Those who enjoy their experience here can look forward to Salon de Ning offshoots opening in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Open daily 4 pm to 1 am.

See + Do

World Trade Center Site/Ground Zero, New York

Bordered by Church, Barclay, Liberty, and West Streets
New York City, New York 10048

The devastating events of September 11, 2001, are still painfully fresh memories to all New Yorkers. The 16-acre site that once held the World Trade Center is now a vast construction site, where the new tower complex and memorial is taking shape and projected for completion in 2013. A Tribute Center opened in September 2006 as a gallery and information center. Guides affiliated with the Tribute Center also offer tours of the perimeter of the Trade Center site, interweaving narratives of the events of September 11 with personal accounts of that day (120 Liberty St.; 212-393-9160).

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